32-year-old Victoria Kheysten Chales Gore of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Hickory was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor probation violation. Gore was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (March 25) and tomorrow (March 26).
48-year-old Berlie Leonard Michael, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Friday (March 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and common law robbery. In addition, Probation and Parole charged Michael with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Michael was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 25).
An Alexander County man was killed in a vehicle crash in Iredell County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, on Friday (March 22), at approximately 12:40 p.m., Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle fatal collision on Interstate 40 West near Interstate 77 in Statesville. The collision occurred near exit 152.
A 2014 Honda CR-V was traveling west on I-40, ran off the road to the right, and collided with a tree. The driver, 57-year-old Aaron Wayne Taylor of Taylorsville, was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers. Mr. Taylor was wearing a seatbelt and there is no indication of impairment. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
28-year-old Tyler Dwayne South of Rainhill Church Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, trafficking in methamphetamine and heroin, possession of marijuana, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
South is additionally charged with two misdemeanor counts apiece of failure to appear, hit and run fail to stop with property damage, and expired registration card or tag, along with single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, aggressive driving, and driving while license revoked. At the time South was arrested, 32-year-old Krystal Renee Johnson was also arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and failure to appear.
South had recently been added to the Burke County Most Wanted list after detectives issued a felony warrant for arrest regarding motor vehicle that was stolen on March 6. South also had an unserved warrant out of McDowell County in connection to a similar crime.
On March 8, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted a vehicle stop which resulted in a vehicle chase. After wrecking, South fled the scene on foot. Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives tracked South to the Lake James area of Burke County last Thursday (March 21). The next day, officers surrounded a residence on Cobb Avenue near Lake James. After an hour long standoff, South was taken into custody without incident.
Krystal Renee Johnson was also in the residence and Detectives reportedly found methamphetamine and marijuana in her possession. South and Johnson were both placed in jail in Morganton, where they remained as of earlier today (March 25). South was being held under a total bond of $234,500 secured. Johnson's bond was $16,000 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 26).
39-year-old James Harlen Radford of George Hildebran Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested yesterday (March 21) by Hickory Police. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 Thursday morning an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. He’s charged on bills of indictment with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to H.P.D’s arrest report, the original incident that led to Radford’s arrest occurred in June of 2018. Following a traffic stop at Highway 70 S.E. and 19th Street S.W., Officers found 2.9 grams of methamphetamine.
After his arrest yesterday, Radford was taken to Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for May 6.
29-year-old Joseph Aaron Sweat of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Hickory Police Officers without incident at a church in Hickory’s Mountain View community. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of heroin.
Sweat was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (March 21) in Newton.
One suspect has been charged in connection to a carjacking in eastern Lincoln County Wednesday, another suspect was being sought by authorities. The vehicle stolen in that incident wrecked during a chase with Sanford Police early this morning (March 22).
20-year-old Keymonty Leray Davis of Fayetteville was arrested and charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and felony possession of a stolen vehicle. He was also charged with felony probation violation and ordered held without bond in the Lee County Detention Center.
17-year-old Tahnice M. Bell of Sanford is charged with a felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of resist, delay and obstruct a public officer and driving while license revoked. She had not been arrested.
A Sanford Police officer ran the license plate on the tan Honda Accord and the plate came back stolen from Lincoln County. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver of the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle wrecked in the 3200 block of NC Highway 87. One of the occupants of the vehicle jumped and ran from the scene. Two other occupants, a male and a female, remained in the vehicle. The third person in the vehicle was not charged.
In Lincoln County the victim told deputies he was getting ready to leave for work Wednesday (March 20) when he encountered the suspects. When he entered his vehicle to leave, two of the black males walked up the driveway and the third pulled their SUV into his driveway blocking his car. The suspects who had their faces covered banged on his car window and one of suspects pulled out a handgun and ordered him out of the vehicle.
They demanded his money, wallet and keys to vehicle. One of the suspects drove his vehicle away while the other person got back into the small SUV. Davis was jailed under a $51,000 secured bond. No court date was listed. The investigation is continuing.
25-year-old Tevan Montez Ikard of Hudson and 32-year-old Johnny Trevor Rippy of Newton, were both arrested Thursday (March 21) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Ikard is charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, sale, delivery and transport. Rippy is charged on an outstanding warrant from Caldwell County with felony possession of cocaine.
On Thursday, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers, acting on a tip, set up a drug surveillance operation in the parking lot of a business near the intersection of Car Farm Road and Highway 321 Business.
Investigators reportedly observed a drug transaction occur. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle on Highway 321. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of two- and-a-half ounces of cocaine.
Ikard received a $200,000 secured bond. Rippy's bond was set at $5,000 secured. Ikard was scheduled to appear in District Court in Lincolnton today. Rippy was placed on hold for Caldwell County. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues in Lincoln County.
20-year-old Matthew Nathaniel Glenn of Faith Lane in Hudson and 35-year-old Andrew Claude Stahl of Lovelady Lane in Granite Falls were arrested yesterday (March 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. They were each charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools.
Both Glenn and Stahl were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set for each at $20,000, secured. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court on March 26.
26-year-old Ketione Jamahl Mitchell of Broadway Street N.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 21) on one felony count of possession of a controlled substance on a penal institution.
Mitchell was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for March 25.
24-year-old Matthew Lee Sells of the Mocksville Highway in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers at 6:30 Tuesday evening (March 19) on two counts of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a controlled substance. He was also charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to sell a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in jail or prison, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of a blue light, impersonating a law enforcement officer by insignia, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a concealed firearm and a window tint violation.
He was arrested when a Deputy patrolling on Crawford Road saw a vehicle that appeared to be impersonating a law enforcement vehicle. The Deputy stopped the vehicle at the corner of Crawford Road and Victory Lane in Statesville. He approached the vehicle and met the driver, Matthew Lee Sells. The Deputy noticed two blue strobe lights mounted in the vehicle, which were operational. There were also “HP 511” and “K-9” insignia on the vehicle that were added in an effort to make the car resemble a law enforcement vehicle.
A search of the vehicle turned up a concealed firearm. The vehicle was impounded, pending further investigation.
Sells was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center, where he was found to be in possession of controlled substances. Bond was set at $16,000, secured. He'll appear in District Court on April 8 & 15.
49-year-old Cathy Diane Elders of Bethany Church Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police just before three o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 21) on warrants for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged as an habitual felon.
Elders was taken into custody without incident at the Office of Adult Probation & Parole on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
24-year-old Lexxus Rakieth Harper of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with four misdemeanor counts of resisting a police office, larceny, possession of marijuana, and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He’s also charged with one felony count of common law robbery.
Harper was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center under a $79,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday.
26-year-old Donald Anthony Armand of Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty.
Animal Services alerted the Sheriff’s Office to the incident on Tuesday (March 19). On that date an employee of Rutherford Electric, who was dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of Springdale Park Road to cut off the power, discovered a dog in a kennel that was deceased.
He reported the incident to Animal Services and they went to the scene and discovered the animal inside a small cage. They contacted the owner who advised he could not get there until the next day.
In the back yard detectives found a deceased canine in a latched kennel with no food or water inside. Detectives then discovered another deceased dog on the other side of the property. This canine was also in a kennel with no access to food.
Detectives contacted the homeowner, Donald Anthony Armand, who said he was going through a bad separation and was staying and working in Charlotte and forgot about the dogs. The canines were collected as evidence and taken to a veterinarian for examination. The examination confirmed the animals died from starvation.
Armand was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 22).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation into an accidental shooting incident earlier this week at the Lake Norman Quarry.
The victim, 47-year-old Jerry Lee Burnette, of Marshall, NC was operating a crane Wednesday (March 20) at the quarry when he was struck in the leg by a piece of shrapnel. He was able to climb down from the crane and deputies assisted him to the main gate of the facility to be treated by Lincoln County EMS. He was then transported to Atrium Health–Charlotte.
Workers on site said the incident occurred around 7:50 p.m. when the shrapnel glanced off a piece of equipment hitting the victim. The caller advised the Lincoln County Communications Center that it sounded like multiple weapons being fired.
A check of the area turned up a location in the 6800 block of Glover Lane where several individuals had been shooting at targets with semi-automatic weapons. Several people have been interviewed and weapons were seized.
Detectives will take their findings to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed in the case.
31-year-old Rodriquez Darius Griffith of Hickory, was given an active prison sentence of 15 to 23 years following his conviction for multiple sexual offenses with a child during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (March 21).
The Honorable Louis A. Trosch, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Griffith, who pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree statutory rape, two counts of incest with a child younger than 13 and first-degree statutory sex offense.
Griffith also will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. He will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The offenses took place between January 2015 and August 2016, and they involved a seven-year-old female victim. According to investigation by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the victim told her mother in August 2016 that the defendant would “stick things inside her.” Another family member said he saw the defendant do such things to the victim on several occasions.
A forensic interview of the victim revealed that Griffith sexually assaulted the child on several occasions and had sexual intercourse with her at other times during a period of more than 18 months.
Russ Boger handled the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Catawba County Department of Social Services and the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the State.
25-year-old Christian Dior Sifford of 17th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 21) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sifford was taken into custody without incident just before 2 a.m. today at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.
39-year-old Wesley Patrick Fulbright of June Bug Drive in Stony Point was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I, III, and IV controlled substance, maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Fulbright also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on previously filed drug charges. Fulbright was one of Iredell County's most wanted suspects.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received information about a possible location for Fulbright in the Stony Point Area. They contacted narcotics detectives with the information, and for additional assistance.
The deputies went to 423 East Lackey Farm Road. As they were walking to the front of the home, Fulbright ran out the back door. A short foot chase took place, then deputies caught and arrested Fulbright. Warrants stemming from a search at Fulbright’s residence at 171 June Bug Lane last week were served.
He was given a $622,500 dollar secured bond on all of his charges. A District Court date is scheduled for April 1.
A Clean Wilson Creek Benefit, hosted by Food Factory Craft Diner in Hickory will be held Saturday, March 30, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of great socializing and music with Musician Jamie Trollinger, Sweet Green Society and DJ Tim Moose. A Clean Wilson Creek is a non profit organization dedicated to keeping Wilson Creek, a National Wild and Scenic river in Northwestern Caldwell County, clean and beautiful for future generations.
The event will include a brief information session about the organization. There’s no cover charge, donations are encouraged. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Betsey's Store in Mortimer, N. C. (828) 758-5051.
49-year-old Deven Kirby Ward of River Road in Hickory, also known as Deven Kirby Deal, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before three o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 20) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin.
Ward was taken into custody without incident at another address on River Road (not her residence). She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.